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Alaska Weather in December

Averages By Month

If you’re looking for a white Christmas, Alaska is definitely your best choice. Snow is highly likely all over Alaska. Expect freezing temperatures of -6°F during the day and -18°F overnight in the Arctic region of Alaska along with no daylight and tons of snow. The Interior region has more daylight but temperatures are also very chilly with lows around -18°F and “highs” of 2°F.

As a result of the cold, you can enjoy the artistic ice sculptures at Christmas in Ice all month long in North Pole. The Interior region is also your best choice for clear nights to appreciate the northern lights. The Arctic region as well as the Southern regions are very cloudy during winter. However the Southern regions are less cold with temperatures highs of 39°F and lows around 32°F. Never forget your umbrella when you visit the year round changeable weather at the coastal areas.

Southeast Alaska (Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway) Weather December

High and Low Temperature in December °F

Rain Days in December

Current Weather

44°F light rain
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

33° 35° 40° 48° 57° 62° 64° 63° 56° 47° 38° 34°

Low °F

24° 25° 28° 33° 41° 47° 50° 49° 44° 38° 29° 26°

Hours Light

4h 10h 12h 14h 16h 18h 17h 16h 14h 9h 8h 6h

Rain Days

20 17 19 17 16 15 18 19 22 24 21 21

Snowfall (inch)

28 17 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 16

Southcentral Alaska (Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Wasilla) Weather December

High and Low Temperature in December °F

Rain Days in December

Current Weather

37°F light intensity drizzle
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

21° 25° 33° 42° 55° 62° 65° 62° 55° 40° 28° 22°

Low °F

11° 19° 30° 40° 48° 52° 50° 40° 30° 15° 12°

Hours Light

6h 10h 12h 14h 17h 18h 18h 16h 14h 10h 8h 6h

Rain Days

7 6 7 4 5 7 11 15 15 11 8 7

Snowfall (inch)

15 10 12 5 1 0 0 0 1 5 12 21

Southwest Alaska (Kodiak Island, Unalaska, King Salmon, Naknek) Weather December

High and Low Temperature in December °F

Rain Days in December

Current Weather

42°F light rain
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

23° 27° 34° 44° 56° 63° 65° 64° 55° 40° 28° 25°

Low °F

11° 14° 19° 29° 40° 48° 52° 50° 42° 29° 17° 13°

Hours Light

8h 10h 12h 16h 17h 18h 17h 16h 14h 10h 8h 5h

Rain Days

7 6 7 4 5 7 11 15 15 11 8 7

Snowfall (inch)

11 11 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 13 17

Interior Alaska (Fairbanks, North Pole, Denali Park, Tok) Weather December

High and Low Temperature in December °F

Rain Days in December

Current Weather

23°F scattered clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

24° 42° 60° 70° 72° 68° 55° 32° 12°

Low °F

-18° -15° 20° 38° 48° 52° 48° 38° 18° -4° -15°

Hours Light

6h 8h 12h 14h 18h 20h 19h 17h 14h 10h 7h 5h

Rain Days

9 7 7 4 8 11 13 15 10 11 9 8

Snowfall (inch)

10 8 5 3 1 0 0 0 2 11 13 12

Arctic Alaska (Coldfoot, Utqiagvi, Nome, Kotzebue) Weather December

High and Low Temperature in December °F

Snow days in December

Current Weather

23°F overcast clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

-8° -12° -10° 24° 38° 45° 41° 33° 18° -4°

Low °F

-19° -22° -20° -10° 15° 29° 33° 33° 28° -7° -17°

Hours Light

4h 8h 12h 16h 22h 24h 24h 20h 14h 10h 4h 0h

Snow Days

5 5 5 5 6 6 9 12 12 13 7 6

Snowfall (inch)

3 3 2 3 3 1 0 1 4 9 6 8


Alaska Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Alaska

This depends greatly on the things you want to do during your stay. Spring is the best season to go on a cruise and see some gray whales. The warmest months are June, July and August with temperatures around a range of 45-70°F. September already brings cooler nights but you could also experience an extended summer with the warm Alaska weather being prolonged in September.

The northern lights can be observed from September through mid-April. During winter you can also view the artistic masterpieces created by ice carvers and try or watch some dog mushing. Winter in Alaska is also known for its spectacular festivals.

Things to know about Alaska

Alaska is of course a perfect vacation destination for winter sports activities like all sorts of skiing, dog mushing, ice skating, snowmobiling... this list could be continued endlessly. But Alaska is also a popular destination for summer vacations where you can visit various national parks, explore glaciers all year round, see wildlife such as brown bears, mooses and hawks and the breathtaking extent of untouched nature.

Alaska dog mushing
northern lights in Alaska
The northern lights or Aurora Borealis are another spectacle of nature that can be observed from April to November. And finally there are things to do out at sea like whale watching, fishing… even snorkeling is possible in summer!
All year round there are various festivals and celebrations that give you the chance to meet the locals of this huge state. Keep this vastness in mind when planning your trip, calculate enough time for your vacation and be sure to keep track of the weather in Alaska!

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